About five years into my career as an emergency doctor in the Boston area, I discovered a little known benefit of my practice group: sabbatical. With five years of service we had the option of taking some unpaid but protected time for, well, no one knew what it was for. After the nonstop spinny ride of medical school, residency and five years of practice, I jumped at the chance to do something, anything, for a month that wasn’t medicine. But what? Music lessons? Writing? I didn’t know. But I had the kernel of a story kicking around in my head,… Read More
With great thanks to A. David Lewis, Matthew Noe, and Rachel, we are able to share the full lecture given by Rachel Lindsay about creating her graphic memoir Rx as a Graphic Medicine podcast. A few links: Rachel’s website: http://www.rachellivesherenow.com/about A. David Lewis’s twitter thread of the talk available here. Jane Zhao’s review of Rx on Intima here: http://www.theintima.org/book-reviews-intima/rx-a-graphic-memoir-by-rachel-lindsay
Comics on the Couch A Special issue of American Imago Edited by Vera J. Camden Professor English Kent State University, Training and Supervising Analyst, Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center Psychoanalysis has from its origins been imbricated in culture, both high and low. As we all know, Sigmund Freud defined and illustrated his pivotal discoveries through explications of folklore and fairy tales as well as Sophocles, Shakespeare and other venerable texts. Mental health practitioners have long been invested in comics for better and worse: from psychologist, William Moulton Marston’s creation of Wonder Woman to psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham’s infamous attack on comics as a… Read More
On this month’s episode, Matthew and MK recap meeting up at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans. Books mentioned and relevant links: Rock Steady by Ellen Forney About Betty’s Boob by Julie Richelou ALA’s Comics & Graphic Novels Interest group becomes a Round Table Dumb by Georgia Webber Gumballs by Erin Nations Smile, Sisters, and Ghost by Raina Telgemeier Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jared Krosoczka Machete Squad Drawn to Berlin Home After Dark by David Small Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia… Read More
The June episode of the Graphic Medicine podcast features Graphic Medicine News with Matthew Noe and and interview with Marbles creator Ellen Forney about her follow up book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life. Enjoy! Graphic Medicine News links: Seattle keynote speaker Georgia Webber’s new book Dumb is now available! Isaac’s Story: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/isaacs-story-downloads-links-and-resources Hit up @comicnurse on Twitter if you want to write a review for the site! And as promised in the episode, Ellen Forney and Maria Bamford!
Happy Spring! It’s the May episode of the Graphic Medicine Podcast. This month’s Graphic Medicine News recommendations by Matthew Noe: Rock Steady by Ellen Forney Everything is Going Wrong: Comics on Punk & Mental Illness Kickstarter And featuring an interview with Jenell Johnson, editor of the latest book in Penn State’s Graphic Medicine book series, Graphic Reproduction .
Philosophers have considered the relation between madness and literature since Plato’s Phaedrus. Mental illness has been a favorite topic for great authors throughout literary history just as psychologists and psychiatrists like Sigmund Freud and Karl Jaspers have been interested in and influenced by literature. Pioneers within philosophy, psychiatry and the world of art share the endeavor to explore and explain the human mind and behavior, including what a society deems as being outside perceived normality. This conference seeks to explore intersections between literature and mental health issues. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Representations of… Read More
New podcast episode! 2017 Seattle conference keynote Hillary Chute discusses comics in the area of illness and disability. Her talk was titled, “Comics and Psychic States: Access, Interiority, Circulation” and she is introduced by Susan Squier. This talk is based on a chapter of her new book Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere. This episode is also available in the iTunes feed if you want to listen and take a walk, which is always encouraged. In the intro to the episode I mention an amazing conference Hillary organized here in Chicago. You can learn more about it at this link and… Read More
Annual Conference of the German Studies Association September 27-30, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA CFP: The German Graphic Novel III: German Graphic Medicine: The Representation of Illness and Disability in German Comics In MK Czerweic’s introduction to the Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015), she writes that comics about illness and disability disrupt the balance of power: “we believe those best positioned to represent illness and caregiving are those living with it.” Graphic pathographies – or pathographics – offer the individual stories of patients, family members, and health care professionals, giving voice to those living with illness, chronic disease, and disability in a way… Read More
Charo Sabariegos professor at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha got in touch to tell us that the the school of medicine in Albacete, Spain, has put together a collection of graphic pathographies. They intend to make known the usefulness of comics to both teachers and students by holding an exhibition, Le Medicina en el Cómic from December until the end of February. The exhibition is divided into six major themes: The interview with the doctor. Medical tests Feelings The great round of doctors (in honour of David B.) Waiting rooms. What is it? Extracts from comics are shown in each of the… Read More